Detoxification Methods


Detox is often a necessary first step for many in their recovery process. With long-term use, drugs and alcohol take a certain precedent in the body’s, and brain’s, order of operations. Suddenly shifting the system leads to symptoms of withdrawal, which can be fatal if not properly cared for. Some substances prove to have more severe symptoms than others; for example, alcohol, heroin, and benzodiazepine versus cocaine and methamphetamine. However, addiction is a gripping disease for anyone who endures it. Just as no addiction is the same, neither should be any one course of treatment. There are multiple detox options, each of which has different benefits.

Natural Assisted Detox

NAD is a newer form of detox assistance. Nutrients like amino acids are intravenously administered to the patient. Treatment with NAD can last up to two weeks, with significant improvement. Research has shown that NAD greatly reduces symptoms of withdrawal, especially cravings. Detox is the most vulnerable time for relapse, because cravings are at their highest. NAD has been shown to raise dopamine and serotonin, two neurotransmitters that regulate pleasure, which are key contributors to craving and desire for relapse.

Medically Assisted Detox

Medically Assisted Detox is still under scrutiny for its practices. Drug replacement therapy is one form of medically assisted detox. Methadone and Suboxone are well known brand name drugs that help aid in the withdrawal process for intensive opioid drugs like heroin. These drugs have traces of opioids in them, making them objects of further abuse and addiction. People can stay dependent upon these drugs for years and never face the withdrawal. Of course, many people use these drugs successfully to slowly ween off of opioids entirely.

Stimulant detox from drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine and amphetamines can be treated with benzodiazepines to calm anxiety. Benzodiazepine drugs, too, can be subject to abuse and addiction.

Home Detox

Unsupervised detox can lead to fatal complications. Checking into a clinical detox has clear advantages. 24 hour clinical staff, medical assistance, and security. Counseling staff is often available to walk patients through their dire cravings. At home, family and friends can offer support, but do not have the professional expertise to diffuse a high stress situation.

Choosing Refuge

Refuge Recovery offers detox services to incoming patients. Managing withdrawal and cravings is possible with professional care. After detox, we have inpatient and outpatient treatment programs as well as partial hospitalization. Call us today for more information 323-207-0276.

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